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To Preserve Shoreline, 'No Wake' Restrictions in Place on Lake Minnetonka

Updated: 06/06/2014 6:43 PM
Created: 06/05/2014 12:22 PM KSTP.com

A "no wake" restriction has been placed on Lake Minnetonka until the water level drops. It's the first time the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District has gone to this extreme.

The district approved an emergency high water ordinance Thursday, meaning speed and wake restrictions are in place. The restrictions are due to the highest water levels in Lake Minnetonka's history; the lake's conservation district is trying to preserve the shoreline.

"The decision was not an easy one for the board, but we are getting a lot of calls from property owners saying their shoreline is eroding dramatically," Greg Nybeck with the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District said.

The wake moving out from a watercraft and trailing behind should be small enough that it doesn't affect other watercrafts, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

In order for the emergency restrictions to be lifted, water levels need to stay at 930.30 feet for three days on a row. At last check, they were at 930.64 feet.

"I'm in my 20th year with the agency, and this is the first time we've had to do this," Nybeck said.

A "no wake" order was also issued for the St. Croix River from Taylors Falls to Prescott on Tuesday. 

Stearns County issued a "no wake" advisory for all lakes.

An aerial photo of Lake Minnetonka
Photo: Lake Minnesota Conservation District

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